Curse of the Mistwraith (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity.The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light.Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the ...
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Curse of the Mistwraith (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 1)

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Overview

The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity.The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light.Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith – as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007346905
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #1
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 89,619
  • File size: 736 KB

Meet the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the ‘Cycle of Fire’ series, co-author of the Empire series and is currently working through the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She paints all her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.


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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    One of the most intriguing fantasy books I've read!

    This may have been one of the best books I've read. It certainly has one of the most complex, intriguing, and intense, brilliant, and enchanting main characters I've come across in a long, long time. I am so glad there are more books because I'm not ready to let go of Arithon.

    It took some time for me to get oriented in the complex world that Janny has created. But once I did, it was hang on because the action is exciting and potentially deadly, the evil is truly scary, and the two half brothers are fascinating. Essentially the book is about what the title says - wars of light and shadow. One brother commands light, the other shadow. In a sense, it's the old war of good and evil, or of consciousness and unconsciousness; but the complexity and ambiguity of good/bad, light/dark are not so easy to discern.

    The one character that I fell in love with is Arithon in all his intensity, his deep understanding of the consequences of action/non-action, love/hate, good/bad are so painful at times that it brought tears to my eyes. And even though events take place in a fantasy world, the conflicts, tensions, and emotions are very real and pertinent to today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Epic Fantasy that Never Sprawls

    I highly recommend this book and this series for the devoted lovers and perspicacious readers of complex multifaceted myriad-layered epic fantasy brimming with inimitable characterizations and sublime universe craftsmanship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Strong prose in a trite and unbelievable story.

    If I had read just the last 50 pages of this novel I would have been quite impressed. They are wonderfully moving, reminiscent (in a good way) of the section in The Return of the King before the hobbits head back to the Shire.

    Unfortunately, those last 50 pages are not earned by the 540 pages before. The first 540 pages were really quite bad -- not because Wurts is a poor writer, but because she is a poor storyteller. The sentence-by-sentence writing is actually quite good -- there was some beautiful imagery sprinkled throughout the novel. But while each sentence was crafted well, somehow the story never gelled. I didn't believe the characters. I didn't believe the world. I *really* didn't believe the politics. And in every single scene I wanted to be in some other scene -- she always seemed to be moving away from the action instead of towards it.

    There were more little quirks of her storytelling that annoyed me than I can count -- she summed up important scenes rather than showing them; she used peoples' titles for no reason I could come up with but the fact that she had already used their name in the same paragraph; she was far more in love with her characters than I was; etc. And the biggest failing -- though many published (best-selling even!) writers fail at this one, so maybe it doesn't bother others as much as it does me -- all of the conflict in the novel rested on characters refusing to tell each other anything. If the mages and the two leads had simply sat down together on page 100 and pooled their information, all the conflict would have been brought to a head where it could be dealt with summarily. Of course, then there would be no epic door-stopper fantasy novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    Wow! Excellent adventure!

    The first book in a sweeping epic, it sets up a complex set of worlds & yet also has a ton of action. If you're looking for something that rivals the Lord of the Rings, I think this is it. If you're looking for a quick easy read, something you can skim through - don't read this book. You'll only get confused. Every word is hand picked & polished to wring out the full meaning.

    While the book is a setup to a series, it doesn't end on a cliff hanger, something I appreciate. Actually, it could easily be two books & was in at least one edition (German, I think). The action rises to a peak in about the middle & that would make a fine novel, all on its own. Then, very logically & smoothly, the adventure continues until another shattering climax at the end. The players are all still there & it's obvious life goes on, so I'm ready to read the next in the series. (The complete series this time - they're all coming now!!!)

    This is a book I'll keep & re-read, something I don't do lightly any more. There are too many good books out there to re-read any but the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Waiting patiently

    I have read every book in this series, and have patiently waited for the story to continue. I enjoy the broad scope of the books, and the characters. They are very well developed. Hopefully we will find a new book soon.
    This is so much better then the Wheel of Time series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This one sticks to your ribs like a solid meal.

    This is the first book of Ms. Wurts I read and was immediately hooked. The story itself is epic and convoluted, must woven masterfully. By the end of the series no end will be left unconnected, everything will fall into place, and you will wonder how she kept it all straight, she's that good. Of course, it's not over yet, but she hasn't disappointed me yet. The characters in this series are so developed they feel real, and they act in surprising ways, but all within in character. One of Janny's talents is to write a story that has familiar themes and make it completely new and always surprising, and for someone who has read a lot of fantasy, that's saying something. I will say her writing can be complicated, the style flowery. Personally I don't mind it. I even like it. It certainly makes for an interesting read the second and third times through because I find things I missed the first time and make connections on after reading the books that follow. This one is in my collection of all time favorites.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    I was hooked from the first

    This may have been one of the best books I've read. It certainly has one of the most complex, intrigueing, and intense, brilliant, and enchanting main characters I've come across in a long, long time. I am so glad there are more books because I'm not ready to let go of Arithon.

    It took some time for me to get oriented in the complex world that Janny has created. But once I did, it was hang on because the action is exciting and potentially deadly, the evil is truly scary, and the two half brothers are fascinating. Essentially the book is about what the title says - wars of light and shadow. One brother commands light, the other shadow. In a sense, it's the old war of good and evil, or of consciousness and unconsciousness; but the complexity and ambiguity of good/bad, light/dark are not so easy to discern.

    The one character that I fell in love with is Arithon in all his intensity, his deep understanding of the consequences of action/non-action, love/hate, good are so painful at times that it brought tears to my eyes. And even though events take place in a fantasy world, the conflicts, tensions, and emotions are very real and pertinent to today.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Unique Style of Writing

    The compelling story line coupled with a unique style of writing make for a very interesting book. It is difficult to get into in the beginning. But, it is well worth keeping to.

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